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September 17, 2009

No matter what your take on graffiti is, reverse graffiti artist, Moose, is helping people to realize that some graffiti can benefit your environment.

September 17, 2009

Hearts and Hammers 2009 is just around the corner. The work day is scheduled for Saturday, September 19.

September 16, 2009

I occasionally search for new sustainable design products on the web. It was during one of those recent searches that I found that you can buy your own wind turbine at Target. When I looked at the price, I realized that people pay more money for a TV or a piece of furniture than the cost of this turbine. . . and you get free shipping.

September 15, 2009

I was particularly impressed with the shooting style of the movie – it was natural yet engaging. It was hard to believe it was filmed in old warehouses in the shadows of downtown - I wouldn’t have pegged it for Dallas at all, maybe Cleveland or Detroit, but not Dallas. Watching the movie prompted me to think about architecture as a movie-backdrop. What have you ever designed that would be a great set for a movie? Better yet, what type movie would you want to design a set for? And further, what’s the difference between set construction and real construction?

September 14, 2009

Much like the movie Lost in Translation, I have become increasingly aware of a unique and troublesome occurrence which happens when one transitions from the within the pristine and isolated walls of Academia into the results-and-time-driven world of the professional Office. As a student, we seem to take the time to discuss, sweat, groan, agonize, work through, pin up, argue, fuss or offer differing opinions about our designs. Why does that same atmosphere not exist in the office? What is lost between these two modes of existence? Is it merely the issue of time, and its translation into revenue (or the lack, thereof), that forces us to abandon our open dialogue? It is difficult enough to keep one’s awareness of design and design-related issues in a professional practice. I find it ironic that in a design-related industry, architectural firms spend vast amounts of money and time related to only the technical aspects of a practice (which ARE important, mind you), yet seemingly little on setting up mechanisms to foster excellence in Design.

September 12, 2009

I would like to share one of my favorite websites,http://www.designspongeonline.com/. It has great design ideas for things around the house to add something unique and fun, yet without breaking the bank. My favorite sections are the DIY and before & after. I know everyone has old objects sitting in closets that really need to be donated or put in a yard sale. But before you get rid of something, check out the before & after section. You just might get some inspiration of how to brighten a corner of your space.

September 10, 2009

In the formidable years of the profession, these tastes can end up being ever more imbalanced. Maybe appetizers and desserts are no longer on the menu, and we dive straight into the entrée without the proper progression and digression of the meal. Only focusing on singular components of the various building types. Like eating chicken every day; it can be cooked hundreds of ways with varying spices and preparation techniques, however, inevitably it’s still chicken and our palates eventually numb to peculiar qualities of why it is so tasty and enjoyed. Maybe entrées no more, and its just appetizers and desserts on the list; sounds awesome to a young budding professional but eventually the lack of the meat and potatoes and a primary diet of chips and salsa followed by cake and ice cream leave cavities in the teeth and voids in career development.

September 9, 2009

Not everyone at HKS is an architect. (Assuming that is like assuming that everyone from Texas wears cowboy hats and rides a horse.) We have many different roles here in the company, beyond just architects, which makes this such an interesting place to work. While most of us in the HKS family know this, outsiders may not understand the variety of disciplines and skills within this company.

September 8, 2009

Competitions

September 4, 2009

Maybe your spark isn’t so “deep.” Did you see something in a book, in a magazine, or on a web site that moved you? Did you just want to experiment with some forms you doodled on a paper towel or napkin? Maybe you are like Frank Gehry in an episode of The Simpsons and you use a wadded up ball of paper?